Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Say anything 

During last night's press conference, when asked if he had made any mistakes since 9/11, the President fumbled.

Now, he didn't respond in the negative; indeed, he said, "I don't want to sound like I have made no mistakes. I'm confident I have." Of course he has. We all make mistakes and he's no different. But it would have helped if he had come up with an answer of some kind. Any answer is better than no answer, as anyone who has been interviewed for a job knows.

On the other hand, it was a rigged question, designed to produce a negative sound bite for the press to focus on. It was a no-lose question for them... whatever Bush answered, they would get a headline out of it. And they did.

It was an unfair question, but the President would have done better to answer it than to come across as unwilling to admit mistakes. Personally, I think he just couldn't quickly come up with an answer he could live with, but some people are going to assume otherwise.
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